Mapping - tool for creative writing?

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Mapping - tool for creative writing?

Postby KingRascal » Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:12 am

Tony Buzan uses Mind Mapping for creative writing. It works and I have seen it myself on my son. When I shared with a friend who's daughter attended MindChamps, she mentioned that MindChamps also uses mapping to teach creative writing.

May I know if this is general the tool or approach which other centres use too? Learning Lab, British Council, etc.?? Hope someone can share their views. Thanks.

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Postby tsh0202 » Sat May 23, 2009 3:45 am

Hi japhys

Can u tell me more about Tony Buzan Mindmapping (for Creative Writing)?
Is it really that effective?
Thinking of signing my son up for the course.

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Postby KingRascal » Sun May 24, 2009 4:31 pm

Hi.
It's actually too early for me to tell yet. I am speaking based on a p1's standard :lol:
With the main words mapped out in the branches, he was able to put in the punctuations, grammars, connectors, etc. (...but with mistakes at times though...) and create a complete story out of it. The method helps him to create a smooth flow with a proper start and end. Thus I am just curious if this is the method that most centres deploy and the effectiveness.

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Postby schellen » Mon May 25, 2009 10:36 am

Hi! Based on what japhys described, it sounds like general mindmapping to me. So I guess what you're paying for is the skill of the instructor because some people can't learn from a manual or instruction booklet, and/or they can't apply mindmaps to topics like creative writing; they need someone to teach them, show them examples, guide them and motivate them.

I think for mindmap templates, you can find lots of free ones on the inetrnet. If I get some time later, I'll do a search. Or if you are familiar with them, you can create your own too.

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Postby tsh0202 » Mon May 25, 2009 2:33 pm

Hi japhys,

Thanks for your sharing.

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Postby schellen » Mon May 25, 2009 4:02 pm

Hi! While searching, I did find a few links for free mindmap creation software but I don't if they are user-friendly because I prefer to draw my own by hand. The most basic ones are on this page: http://www.mymindmap.net/Mind_Map_Templates.html

The blank templates are for more "freestyle" mindmaps and the grid ones are for those who like their mindmaps to look very balanced and neat, I guess.

I used to use mindmapping a lot for work but ever since I changed my job, I've yet to use one.

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Postby KingRascal » Mon May 25, 2009 5:22 pm

Hi. Yup, I agree that we are paying for the guidance of the trainer. Mind mapping books are easily available. Tony Buzan's Mind Mapping for Kids is a fantastic guide. However not every child is able to appreciate it fully without a personalised illustration from the adult. As a parent I may be able to instil a little interest. A trainer, professionally trained, would be able to deliver it in the right way.

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Re: Mapping - tool for creative writing?

Postby Blue Pearl » Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:57 am

Tks schellen . I am also struggling to teach my girl on mind mapping. She is P2.

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